Articles for September, 2013

Bentley Case Summary

Margaret Bentley was an elderly woman – a former nurse – living at a nursing home operated by Fraser Health in Abbotsford, British Columbia.  She was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 1999.  In 1991, Ms. Bentley signed a “statement of wishes” saying she would not want to “be kept alive by artificial means or ‘heroic […]

Carter Case Summary

Carter v. Attorney General of Canada is a legal case focusing on Gloria Taylor’s request to have a doctor’s help to die. Taylor had Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s disease). In June of 2012, a court in British Columbia ruled that Canada’s law prohibiting assisted suicide was unconstitutional.  The court decided that, contrary to the […]

Rasouli Case Summary

In October 2010, Hassan Rasouli was diagnosed with a benign brain tumour, and underwent surgery to remove it at Sunnybrook Hospital in Toronto. He subsequently developed bacterial meningitis which caused brain damage. Within a few days, Mr. Rasouli lost consciousness. He was given a tracheostomy, a ventilator, and a feeding tube.  Mr. Rasouli was deemed to […]